Botanical name: Allium sativum
Garlic is a herbaceous, annual, bulbous plant in the family Amaryllidaceae grown for its pungent, edible bulb of the same name. The garlic plant can either have a short, woody central stem (hardneck) or a softer pseudostem made up of overlapping leaf sheaths (softneck). The plant can reach 60 cm (23.6 in) in height and is an annual, survive only in one growing season.
1. Blood Purifier
Take two cloves of raw garlic with some warm water every day, early in the morning and consume a lot of water the entire day. If you’re looking to shed some kilos, squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water and have it with 2 cloves of garlic in the mornings. Garlic will help to cleanse your system and flush out toxins.
- Cold and Flu
Garlic provides relief from stubborn cold and flu.. Taking 2-3 cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day or sipping some garlic tea (with a touch of honey or ginger to lift up the taste) relieves a stuffed nose and cures the cold and also builds the immunity against these..
- Prevention of Heart Disease
Consuming garlic on a daily basis (in food or raw) helps to lower cholesterol levels because of the anti-oxidant properties of Allicin. It is also immensely beneficial to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It is essential to remember that the sulphur-containing compound Allicin tends to lose its medicinal properties when garlic is cooked whole.
- Anti-bacterial and Anti-parasitic
Garlic is one of the best kept medicinal treasures of the past era – it has been used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections for the last 7,000 years. Studies suggest diluted garlic extract helps children with tapeworm infections
- Cancer Prevention
Several studies have indicated an association between daily consumption of garlic and prevention of stomach and colorectal cancers. It is said to strengthen the immunity of the body against cancer.
- Skin and Hair
The invigorating properties of garlic protect the skin from the effect of free radicals and slow down the depletion of collagen which leads to loss of elasticity in aging skin. Applied topically, garlic does wonders to skin infected with fungal infections and provides relief from skin ailments like eczema. It is also an effective remedy for fungal infections like athlete’s foot and ringworms.
Many of garlic’s astounding uses were forgotten in the folds of time. One of them is against stubborn splinters. Place a piece of cut garlic over the splinter cut and cover with a bandage, to heal the splinter.
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